Which States are Best (and Worst) for Underprivileged Kids?

Last month, we wrote about a new report that examined how well children across the country were thriving. This month, and in light of Child Support Awareness Month, WalletHub has released a report that focuses on the millions of underprivileged kids living in our country.

There are 14.7 million children in the United States who are considered poor and 6.5 million who are extremely poor, according to the Children's Defense Fund. Growing up in poverty can have long-lasting affects, including stunted brain growth and lower IQ.

In order to come up with each state's ranking, the report (2015's Best & Worst States for Underprivileged Children) compares 15 metrics—including infant mortality (which is lower than ever nationally), child food-insecurity, and the number of maltreated children. The number of children in foster care and single-parent families were also measured.

So what states were the best and worst according to this year's results? New Hampshire came in first, ranking number 1 in the health category. It also has the lowest percentage of kids in households below-poverty income.

The District of Columbia came in last, receiving the lowest overall ranking for both education and early foundations & economic well-being.

Curious to see where your state ranks? Your can find the full list at WalletHub.

Caitlin St John is an Editorial Assistant for Parents.com who splits her time between New York City and her hometown on Long Island. Follow her on Twitter: @CAITYstjohn

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